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December 19, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Chilly sans glove

Cooking up December chill around here requires some creativity.

So we import Chinese.

They have the skill, know-how, and cold tolerance needed to construct an Ice Land.

And the resulting works of art will give you shivers. OK, the display tent’s 9F temps are part of that, too.

We braved Ice Land at Galveston’s Moody Gardens this year – before school let out for the holidays and with discounts as it’s a bit pricy considering just how long you can stand being in 9 degrees. They aren’t kidding about dressing warmly for the huge tent’s icy wonderland. Warm-ish coats are provided with hats and gloves are on sale if you forgot. If they had offered gloves with convertible finger tips to allow longer cell phone camera use, I might have splurged, but instead just kept pulling my own off and on until we just couldn’t take  it any more. Yes, we are icy cold wimps.

You probably have much larger Ice Lands and sculptures, but this cool was the icing on the holiday season for us. Hope yours is just as delicious.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of Hedge

Ice Land entry ( image copyrighted, NO permissions granted, all rights reserved)

If the penguins weren’t warning enough at the entrance, the thermometer leaves no doubt. (©All images)

Ice Land flags. ( image copyrighted , no permissions granted , all rights reserved)

Cool flags! (© image)

Penguin crowd. Ice sculptures ( image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

So round and snug, Penguin crowd probably taking bets on which of the skinny visitors overcomes the admission sticker shock and breaks for the exit first. (© image)

Birds and seals by the ice tunnel. ( image : copyrighted, no permissions granted, ALL rights reserved)

Always wondered: you know that don’t stick your tongue on the flagpole or you’ll stick? Do bird feet have the same problem on ice or is it like they can sit on power lines and you can’t? Birds and seals watching the foot race into the ice tunnel – which was actually the warmest place in the exhibit. (© image)

Birds on icy shelf better that elf? ( image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

More chilling than elf on a shelf? (© image)

 Ice relief sculptures of fish...and big fish (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Danger carved in icy tunnel walls. Foreshadowing? (© image)

Icy sculpture of walrus. (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“The time has come, walrus said, to talk of many things….” (© image)

Walrus and bear ice sculptures © image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Wally, are there party plans for us cool actors once the warm-blooded ones fade at the end of the day? (© image)

Yak ice sculpture (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted )

What are you yakking about? ice sculpture (© image)

Reindeer of ice. (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted )

Hay. Over here..(© image)

talking reindeer of ice. (© image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted, )

Ready to hoof it gotta here?. (© image)

Ice sculpture of reindeer (© image all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Santa won’t notice. He’s cool.(© image)

Santa's fat for survival! Yes, it's blurred, my fingers are freezing! (© image, all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Fat is a survival tool. Yes, it’s blurred, my fingers are seriously getting numb at this point. (© image)

Colorful ice steps to top of Ice Land, 2018 Moody Gardens. (Screenshot)

Not the Yellow Brick Road, but just as an enticing glow. Slow movers better stay to the side because all the young at heart know what’s at the top. And at the bottom is an Shivers Bar serving vodka as well as hot chocolate…cause you can slide as much as you want and kids never feel cold.(2018 Moody Gardens screenshots)

Children on ice slide at 2018 Ice Land at Moody Gardens (Screenshot)

Russian nesting doll in Ice Land (© image: copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

No, we are not nesting here – keep moving. Russian: frozen and gone cold in the public’s interest, yet it will not go away.(© image)

Astronaut and Capitol building ice sculpture. (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Oh, there’s the problem. Nice they left the lights on for us..considering concerned over global and foot warming.(© image)

Astronaut sculpted out of ice. (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Look, I was in the early morning entry group and ignored the cold inching into my veins. Stagger out while you still have warmth enough in your feet to keep moving! Hope your holidays are out of this world cool, too. (© image)



  1. susielindau / Dec 19 2018 7:01 am

    Love the slides!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2018 8:03 am

      Seems like I remember an icy post from you in the past. I can’t imagine what an ice land would be like in a cold climate where the display could be outside and much larger as they are in other places. (would need multiple Shiver Bars!!!). Yes, the slides were a clever slick addition. Thanks for chilling a comment to leave

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  2. shoreacres / Dec 19 2018 7:27 am

    They weren’t kidding about iceland, were they? That’s really amazing — I wonder if they have special drains in the floors for when they melt the exhibit? There’s nothing like a little extravagance to give people a real holiday thrill!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2018 8:17 am

      Maybe they will use the melt to demonstrate storm surge on the island?
      The colored ice, the carving skills – it was amazing. We lucked into a super discount day when the entire place was almost empty – we saw the roped lanes with “You have a 90 min wait from this point” signs along the path for busy times. Can’t imagine trying to afford and get kids to stand in line in a crowd considering the limited cold tolerance time humans have. (But now I’d really like to go see the big ones outdoors in Russia, Canada, and Minnesota (I think).)
      Oh, reminder we’re still in the Wild West here? Lovely well fed, in good condition coyote passed us going at full speed in the subdivision this morning during dog walk. It detoured around us. They are shy, Molly is obviously much bigger, and it was coyote on a mission. Garbage day perhaps. Warned the far too friendly floozy cat next door’s owner as Nyla had greeted us as we took off. As fast as that coyote was going, it wasn’t looking for dinner, but…
      A place for everything and everything in its’ place.
      Hope you’re jingling along. Thanks for sledding in with a comment

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Dec 19 2018 7:28 am

    Looks like fun except for 9 degrees.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2018 8:21 am

      Gads. How to take pictures with numbing fingers? The kids, however, don’t seem to notice any chill even after repeated slides. The bar was a clever idea – but the seats and tables were ice, too. Brrrr. Thanks for the shivering comment

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  4. easyweimaraner / Dec 19 2018 8:24 am

    beautiful… I just imagine this would be not just ice but ice cream ;O)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2018 8:54 am

      Molly Malamute, being a chill breed, howls she should have gone – and you should too..Ice Land needs a couple of hot dogs! Thanks for dashing and prancing by


  5. Spinster / Dec 19 2018 8:45 am

    Looks nice and fun. We here in the Northeast don’t need an Ice Land… wind chill factor is currently 28 degrees Fahrenheit in my specific locale (it’ll be worse later tonight), so all we need are a few of those slides and we’re set. -_-

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2018 10:48 am

      I’ve seen the travel warnings for the east coast all week. Maybe the airports could build some slides and offer ice carving classes for those stuck by canceled flights? Right now we are heavily forged in again – it was more clear earlier, but now like it was most of yesterday…they were using cars with bright lights to escort landed planes to where they needed to roll before closing both airports. The past few weeks we’ve bounced from frost on the roof to 70’s F with sun for 24 hrs before switching again. Fog…we can pretend it’s a white Christmas? Thanks for skating by with a comment. Jingle on!


  6. pensitivity101 / Dec 19 2018 11:31 am

    Totally fabulous!


  7. Xena and Lucy / Dec 20 2018 5:25 pm

    Beautiful and eerie, and I will leave the cold for someone else to enjoy.


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 30 2018 1:17 am

    I note that the Australian flag is right up there with Old Glory, but the United Kingdoms is stuck down the bottom, shades of 1776, well at least we (English) got a guernsey. 😊 🐻🐶 😊

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2018 11:08 am

      HA. Astute observation . Native Texans (can’t speak for the other states)has always had a fondness and felt a connection to Australians.
      Not sure if design/ color/ philosophy played any role in the Chinese team of artists that created it all. That is very interesting indeed. Thanks for sledding in to chill a bit. (Hope the holidays have been entertaining for you and yours. Rest up for the New Year!)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2018 11:08 am

      Oh, remembered, while the French recognized the Republic of Texas and opened an embassy ( with ambassador) in Austin, England was reluctant to do so – not wanting to angering the US
      Hmmmm This residual annoyance with them? HAHA


      • LordBeariOfBow / Dec 31 2018 5:16 pm

        The English became quite happy, after a very short while, with the Dec of Indi ( not the 500- the 1776), the PM iLord Liverpool in 1810 or 11, proposed opening up a proper trading relationship with the newly formed country that spoke English, but Potus at the time Madison I think it was decided that war was a better option so we had our 1812 too. Last thing England wanted. Mind with the time it took back then to get mail across The Pond, but I don’t think Madison quite trysted us.
        It always strikes me as odd the seemingly preference the Americans have for the French rather than their English cousins.
        We English never ever really trust the French and I’m sure if you asked any Englishman of my generation who do they prefer they’ll all say the Jerries, Even though we’ve had a couple of wars with them. We did have the 100 year war with the frogs. We like the Germans, probably cos our Royal family are German

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2018 5:37 pm

          Texas, of course was not USA for a long time, so we have a little different view of the Brits. French and Spanish influence from early explorers/ colonization (like Florida and Louisiana- US isn’t quite as uniform in population’s roots as many places. We have a lot of Germanic influence in Central TX). Guess it was too hot a climate for the English – but we have the rain and fog!
          TX joined the US in 1845 as the 28th state – a good number did not want to join as they had left the US decades earlier because the colonies were getting “too crowded and the government too intrusive and telling people what to do” – that according to diaries/family journals I have.
          Actually quite a few here traveled back to England to see family even in the early days – determined their kids remember British heritage. The East Coast (original colonies) love the French fashions and supposed sophisticated culture there…probably due giving credit to Franklin and a few others influencing the revolution in France? It is a puzzlement. How long will the original 13 colonies hold a grudge? HAHA
          Germans, Scots, and Brits seem far more interesting and more similar. Related to Charlemagne (- who isn’t) as well as 2 Magna Carta signers. Last visit we tracked back to where relatives lived before father and son sailed for Virginia – someday we’ll make it to the family castle in Scotland. (but still not on any royal wedding invite lists HAHA)
          Love the history from your perspective!!!


      • LordBeariOfBow / Dec 31 2018 5:29 pm

        looks like you’re still up Phil waiting for the New Year ?? Looks like you’ve got another 6 and half hours to wait, 11.30 am Jan 1 here

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2018 5:38 pm

          About ready for Dinner here. Nice fire in the fireplace and wine ready.
          Happy New Year to you!!!!

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          • LordBeariOfBow / Dec 31 2018 10:16 pm

            We have the air conditioner going full blast it’s very, very hot here, too hot,
            Enjoy the fire and the wine and have a very Happy New Year Phil 😀 🎉🎉🎉

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2019 8:33 am

            Cheers and onward (and heard the heat wave there is so bad people are stopping to offer koalas on trees sips of water from their water bottles. We are friends with a young family who will be arriving in Perth this week. At least they and their 3 small sons are familiar with summer heat – and the boys will love the beach..if mom survives the plane trip. It’s a return for them with a transfer job back – we keep telling them to consider making it permanent. I told them you strongly advised it, too HAHA)


  9. sportsattitudes / Jan 3 2019 9:20 am

    I too have no doubt those adorable penguins run a regular “office” pool gambling on which visitors will decide their cost of admission is not as high…as the cost of freezing solid.


  10. cat9984 / Jan 13 2019 4:56 am

    Very cool (no pun intended). I’ve never seen a ice yak in all the ice sculptures I’ve been around. (I’ve lived in Michigan my whole life and I’m a cold wimp too)



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